Ms Karen Hargan - Director of Human Resources

Karen Hargan joined the Trust as Director of Human Resources and Organisation Development on 17 May 2021. Karen has over 30 years’ experience in HR across the public and private sectors having held a number of senior roles in health, local government, policing and manufacturing.

Karen started her career in the private sector with Desmond and Sons Ltd, a supplier to Marks and Spencer. Karen spent 18 years in a range of HR and training roles and led the HR function for five years across NI, the UK and overseas operations in Turkey and Sri Lanka.

Following years as an independent HR Consultant, and roles in the public sector and local government  Karen joined the Business Services Organisation (BSO) in 2018 as Director of HR and Corporate Services. In September 2019 she made the move back to a Trust joining the Northern Trust as Director of HR, OD and Corporate Communications.

Karen is a graduate of Ulster University and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is married with three grown up children and two grandchildren.

If you require detail on the structure of the Human Resources Directorate, please contact Olivia.nicholl@westerntrust.hscni.net.